Cary Booker, Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s father, died at age 76 in Las Vegas on Thursday after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Mayor Booker’s campaign confirmed the news. City spokesman James Allen spoke out about the elder Booker, who moved to North Carolina to New Jersey in 1969 and was married for 49 years. “Many people in our city came to know and love Cary Booker. Mayor Booker's father was an inspiration to him and someone the mayor has often credited with being a principal reason for him entering public service," he said. Cory, who is running for Senate, has suspended all campaign events at this time.